Sometimes, try as we might, weekends and school holidays just aren’t as action-packed and fun-filled as we hope they’ll be. If only there was a place that guaranteed ‘the best day ever’ as soon as you walked through the gate. Here’s your itinerary…
Since 1981, Dreamworld has delivered fun, thrills and laughs to visitors from all over the world. Since they’re constantly dreaming up new rides and attractions, no two days at Dreamworld are alike – but they’re always packed full of excitement.
When you first enter the park, you’re greeted by Dreamworld mascots Kenny and Belinda, two life-size koala characters who are usually found hanging out around the Dreamworld globe. While you take photos with them, make sure you’re also keeping an eye out for Dreamworld’s newest, cutest residents – tiger cubs Mya and Melati – as they enjoy their morning stroll through the park (on leads held by their trained handlers, obviously).
Once you’ve said your goodbyes, it’s ride time. Head right towards DreamWorks Experience, home to Po (the Kung Fu Panda), Shrek, Madagascar’s King Julien and all of your favourite DreamWorks characters. It’s here that you’ll find the dizzying Pandamonium, the hilarious Skadoosh bumper cars and the family-friendly Escape from Madagascar rollercoaster. You can also let the kids run rampant in the Mad Jungle Jam – which is ‘jam’-packed with air canons, foam fountains and hundreds of squidgy balls – while you enjoy a coffee by the Byron Bay Coffee Company at the nearby Parkway Patisserie and Grill.
Keep an eye on the time because at 12 noon you’re going to want to be in the crowd watching the tiger presentation at Tiger Island. Known for their tiger conservation efforts, Dreamworld brings guests up close and personal with the endangered animals, both through their tiger presentation and the large Tiger Island precinct. Watch as these big cats (the heaviest, Kai, weighs around 175kg!) jump, stand and climb for treats during the presentation, which also educates visitors about the importance of tiger conservation efforts in the wild.
Running riot in a place like Dreamworld will mean you need to refuel, so thankfully there are a number of great food spots around the park. From old-school ice cream parlours to zesty noodles, as well as the classic churros, pizzas, burgers and fries, Dreamworld’s impressive menu has something for everyone.
After lunch, it’s time for the heavy-hitters. Dreamworld’s big nine thrill rides, including the famous Giant Drop, the Tower of Terror II and the Claw, certainly aren’t for the faint of heart – the adrenaline-averse are probably better off hitting up the Rocky Hollow Log Ride or taking it slow on the Tailspin. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or not, kids and grown-ups will surely find something to push their limits and get them out of their comfort zone – even if, like me, that simply means watching as your friends plunge 119m at 135km/h on the Giant Drop.
I’m not sure if there’s actually such thing as adrenaline overload, but just to be safe, you should break up the afternoon with a visit to the Dreamworld Corroboree. Here, you’ll find all of your favourite Aussie animals, from soft and sweet to scary and scaly (and whatever emus are). Kids and parents will learn a ton about the world’s oldest culture, from how to build fire, face paint and shape weapons to the music and art of Australia’s Indigenous population. Vintage car lovers will also get a kick out of the 1920s Ford replicas which can be driven slowly around a signed track, providing a pretty good view of the park’s koala population at the same time.
As the day draws to a close, you might find time to squeeze in one last ride or catch the Dreamtones Singers as they perform outside the Ice-Cream Parlour on Main Street. Then, when the park closes at 5pm, you can pack up your exhausted kids and head back home, confident that you’ve given them a day worth dreaming about. And maybe next time, you’ll be able to fit in Whitewater World, too.
TROLLS VILLAGE: NOW OPEN
The famous Trolls are sprinkling colour and fun all over Dreamworld, since the opening of the Trolls Village precinct on June 30. The world-first attraction includes live shows from Poppy and Branch, Cooper’s Cupcakery where visitors can taste delectable cupcakes or even create their own, and Guy Diamond’s Glittery Gift Shop – a one-stop-shop for all of your glitter-tastic, disco-themed attire. Guests can also ensure they look the part by booking in to “Get Trolled Up” with a makeover. Don’t miss out on all of the troll-tastic fun!